Travel and Leisure came up with their best cities list. Do you ever get tired of these lists? And how do they really put them together? I think I have been to all of them except San Miguel, and Beirut.
15. Cuzco, Peru-mostly a jumping off and acclimatizing place for Machu, in my opinion. It has some rustic charm and walkable streets.
14. Bangkok-should be much higher in my opinion. It is a great “starter” city if you have never been to SE Asia. And it continues to be near the top of my list after many visits.
13. Siem Reap, Cambodia-while the town is not much, it is the “home” of the fabulous Angkor complex, one of the two most favorite places I have been.
12. Beirut, Lebanon-??
11. Rome-you must go once in your life, if not to see the famous Coliseum, then at least to see the Sistine Chapel.
10. Cape Town-home of my friend, Barry the V, it is a remarkable place, rather unique in contrasts, and always eventful and stimulating to the senses.
9. Savannah, GA-surprising, considering its history and location.
8. Barcelona-too many gypsies for my liking, but it has charm and decent food.
7. New Orleans-I would say the food alone places Nawlins high on anyone’s list. And it has charm!
6. Kyoto-should be rated much higher, along with Tokyo, which is not even on the list. But you can find “old” Japan here, in the middle of a big city!
5. Luang Prabang, Laos-a very underrated place, not easy to reach but worth every minute.
4. Florence-the museums alone make it worth visiting.
3. San Miguel de Allende-I may still get there one day.
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand-lovely town, and nice people, though I would not rate it this high. And great weather, too!!!
1. Charleston, SC-most of you do not know that Gershwin was inspired to write “Porgy and Bess” from his experiences here. But I would place many cities higher, though it is charming and manageable, with good food.